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The Brass Teapot (2013)


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 9

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 2,164


Movie Info

The Brass Teapot is a modern fable about money and the meaning of the American dream. Based on the comic book, The Brass Teapot is a feature film about John (Michael Angarano) and Alice (Juno Temple), who live in small down America. They are in their 20's, married, very much in love and broke. Once voted "Most Likely to Succeed," Alice struggles to make ends meet while her friends enjoy the good life. Her husband John, neurotic and riddled with phobias, just wants to get the bills paid. But an … More

R (for violence, some sexual content, language and drug use)
Mystery & Suspense , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Tim Macy
In Theaters:
Jun 18, 2013
Box Office:
Magnolia Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Brass Teapot

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (12) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17) | DVD (1)

Temple and Angarano, entertaining enough, never quite sell the idea that this goodhearted couple would be so easily transformed by greed.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
New York Post
Top Critic

Without a human dimension to ground its construct, "The Brass Teapot" ultimately feels like an interminably stretched-out skit rather than a storybook lesson stained with blood and hurt.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Ms. Mosley, who directed from a screenplay by Tim Macy, struggles to fill her debut feature with a slender notion, but the premise defeats her, even if the story operates at the outset on the pleasure principle.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

The Brass Teapot too often devolves into stale slapstick ...

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Top Critic

There's not much depth to Mosley's debut, which is based on a short story by Tim Macy. But Michael Angarano and Juno Temple are an appealing pair as John and Alice, struggling suburbanites.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Even The Twilight Zone would have struggled with the cutesy conceit of The Brass Teapot ...

Full Review… | April 4, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

This oddball dark comedy might have made an amusing short film, but its one-note concept wears thin at feature length.

Full Review… | June 12, 2013

The screenplay falters, introducing ridiculous villains and featuring thorough lapses in logic in a blur of strained drama.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013

Missing numerous layers of sickness, fearful of pushing a plot of pain on its audience, forcing them to study the complexity of unsavory desires with unlikable characters.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013

Wish-fulfillment black comedy engages through its winsome (if violent) premise and highly attractive leads, but shows some strain towards the end.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Film Journal International

The story is set up and unfolds in a very subtle, nuanced manner that enriches each reveal.

Full Review… | April 5, 2013
Paste Magazine

This dark comedy makes a few smart observations about the lengths people will go to snag the American Dream, but its satiric edge gets dulled rather quickly.

Full Review… | April 3, 2013
Screen International

If you happened upon "The Brass Teapot" on TV and it broke for a commercial, you'd probably change the channel.

Full Review… | April 2, 2013
Hollywood & Fine

Imbued with a buoyant mysticism, the film is more gag-friendly than idea-based, primarily relying on the considerable charm of its leads to ground its supernatural conceit.

Full Review… | April 1, 2013
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for The Brass Teapot


Rather enjoyable. Fun to imagine...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

No Pain. No Gain.

Good Film! The Brass Teapot is yet another film that exercises its unalienable right to be an enthusiastically quirky gem of an indie film. My definition of "enthusiastically quirky" will likely be different than yours, as mine concerns a premise that needed to take a considerable amount of time to develop and an even larger amount of work in order to sustain feature-length. The Brass Teapot was a fine gamble. It has heart, wit, intelligence, and humor almost bursting from its seams. Mark it down as yet another quirky film for the year of 2013, but put it in the category of quirky films that work efficiently.

Based on the comic book series "The Brass Teapot" about mid-twenty year old couple who, in these difficult economic times, finds a mysterious, magical brass teapot which makes them money but at a surprising price. After realizing the teapots powers, John and Alice must decide how far they will go to fulfill their dream.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer


Cute film, nice performances and a little thought provoking. I was left asking what would I be able to do?

Thomas Johnston

Super Reviewer

three stars

MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

The Brass Teapot Quotes

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